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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Cameron Smith backs Will Chambers to do job for Maroons in Origin III

Brad Walter Queensland captain Cameron Smith has endorsed his Melbourne team-mate Will Chambers as Brent Tate's replacement on the wing for Origin III.

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State of Origin II: Laurie Daley to wait on Maroons line-up before naming Blues

Key selection: If Queensland fullback Billy Slater’s shoulder injury rules him out of Origin II, the Maroons are likely to shift Greg Inglis to the No.1 jersey.

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley might wait to see which position Queensland choose Greg Inglis to play before finalising the make-up of his squad for Origin II at ANZ Stadium on June 18.

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Blues' fury at refs after failure to punish rule-breaking Maroons

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Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley was disappointed with Trent Merrin for his lack of discipline in Origin II - but not as unhappy as he was with the performance of referees Shayne Hayne and Ashley Klein.

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Another year of pain as Maroons make it eight straight

Johnathan Thurston

Brad Walter Queensland make it eight series wins in a row as NSW squander a glut of possession.

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Kasiano would be ruled out for Maroons under rule change

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11: Sam Kasiano of the Bulldogs runs with the 
ball during the round 10 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Gold 
Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on May 11, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo 
by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) 


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Brad Walter CANTERBURY star Sam Kasiano will be unable to play for Queensland under a new State of Origin eligibility rule even if the New Zealand-born prop pledges his international allegiance to Australia...

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Culture of Maroons loyalty is based on a winning formula

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Brad Walter It took just 12 minutes after the NSW team was announced for Origin I before Blues coach Ricky Stuart was asked if he would stick with the latest batch of players regardless of the result at Etihad...

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Blues keep Maroons guessing about team

Mal Meninga

Brad Walter QUEENSLAND coach Mal Meninga and his players remain unsure of the make-up of the NSW team for tonight's opening Origin match at Etihad Stadium, with the Blues yet to officially announce a line-up.

Analyst blows whistle on Maroons' dirty play

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Brad Walter AN INDEPENDENT analyst engaged by NSW officials to review Origin I has found that Queensland were able to get away with 10 incidents that warranted penalties, while match officials missed just one...

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Kiwis hit out at Origin coaches as Kasiano nears Maroons switch

Sam Kasiano

Brad Walter SAM KASIANO'S likely Origin selection has sparked a scathing attack on rival NSW and Queensland coaches Ricky Stuart and Mal Meninga from leading New Zealand official Tony Kemp.

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Paul Gallen is one of NSW's greats: Laurie Daley

Proud moment: Paul Gallen lifts the State of Origin shield.

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley lauded captain Paul Gallen as one of the state's greatest players and declared that his influence would put the Blues in good stead for years to come.

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NSW Blues new guard won't take backward step despite heavy defeat

New breed: Front-rower Aaron Woods celebrates after Josh Dugan's try.

Brad Walter This NSW team is the real deal. Forget about the scoreline or the fact they failed to become the first Blues side to complete an Origin series clean sweep since 2000.

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NSW forward Ryan Hoffman stayed true Blue even though Dad was a Queenslander

Feeling the strain: Ryan Hoffman feels the relief of a series win after game two in Sydney.

Brad Walter NSW back-rower Ryan Hoffman has revealed that he was once approached to play for Queensland but did not feel comfortable about pulling on the Maroons jersey worn by his father Jay.

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Trent Hodkinson's terrific try up there with John Aloisi's goal at the field of dreams

Trent Hodkinson celebrates the only try of the second State of Origin match.

Brad Walter It’s over. NSW’s 6-4 victory in Origin II was far from pretty but Trent Hodkinson’s winning try is set to be remembered alongside John Aloisi’s goal against Uruguay as the greatest post-Olympic...

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State of Origin III: Josh Morris to return for game three

Josh Morris hasn't played since injuring his posterior cruciate ligament in Origin I.

Brad Walter Canterbury centre Josh Morris passed a fitness test on Monday to secure his return to the NSW team for Origin III at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday night.

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St George Illawarra Dragons too good for Melbourne Storm as Dugan fights off injury scares

Injury scare: Josh Dugan looked to be in trouble after taking a couple of knocks in the first half.

Brad Walter Josh Dugan overcame leg and finger injuries to help St George Illawarra to a victory over Melbourne at WIN Stadium that can only have enhanced the prospects of caretaker coach Paul McGregor being...

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State of Origin: Josh Dugan has many strings to his bow

Back in blue: Dugan has been picked for his attacking and defensive abilities.

Brad Walter When Jarryd Hayne played on the wing in the 2012 State of Origin series, the Blues had a call for him to shift closer to the ruck in a second fullback role and they may do the same for Josh Dugan on...

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State of Origin: Blues want clean sweep to put exclamation point on series win

Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko After ending Queensland's eight year Origin domination, NSW players have vowed to begin their own dynsasty by completing the first series "Blue rinse" since 2000 with victory in the third match at...

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Kearney’s bunch of 'no-hopers' make critics eat their words

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Brad Walter It wasn’t their greatest performance, but the current Australian team can now claim to be officially as good as any we have seen after the world champions overcame a brave New Zealand on Friday night.

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Mitchell Moses stars as NSW win under 20s Origin clash

Class act: Sione Mata'utia was a star for NSW in their under 20s Origin win over Queensland.

Brad Walter Rookie Wests Tigers playmaker Mitchell Moses showed glimpses of his promise as he steered NSW to a 30-8 victory over Queensland in a fiery under 20s Origin match at Sportingbet Stadium on Saturday...

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Anthony Milford tug-of-war set to continue after Samoa qualify for Four Nations

Carrot: Anthony Milford was pressured into playing for Queensland's Under-20s rather than Samoa as he was told it would improve his chances of playing State of Origin.

Brad Walter Anthony Milford is set to be the subject of another tug-of-war at the end of the season as Samoa officials call on NRL clubs to allow them to field their strongest possible team in the Four Nations.